Kingstree, South Carolina

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Kingstree is a town in and the county seat of Williamsburg County, South Carolina, United States.[3] The population was 3,496 at the 2000 census.



The original town was laid out as Williamsburg by the Lords Proprieters in colonial times. But a lone, unusually large white pine was found along the Black River. Since tall white pines were ideal for use as masts for ships, the king claimed it. The king's broad arrow mark was put upon this tree to prevent anyone else from cutting it. It was never cut. Over time, the county kept the name Williamsburg, but the county seat became known as The King's Tree, giving rise to its modern name.


Kingstree is located at 33°40′16″N 79°49′43″W / 33.67111°N 79.82861°W / 33.67111; -79.82861 (33.671243, -79.828635)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.63%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,496 people, 1,448 households, and 876 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,114.7 people per square mile (429.9/km²). There were 1,618 housing units at an average density of 515.9/sq mi (199.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 33.95% White, 64.65% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

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